Making it through the stress of tax season
By Tim Frye
Being a tax preparer is truly an interesting trade. You really only work four months out of the year, and the rest of the year you are looking for ways to sustain your income and more importantly your sanity. When the season arrives, if you have any clients, you are excited to be getting started. You are looking forward to testing your mettle and seeing if all that training in the off season helped you progress and improve. So the first month of tax season is spent just being happy to be doing tax returns and making good money, and you are working on completely them with an exceptional amount of expertise and consistency. Then month two comes along. You fire is now flickering and growing more faint by the day, and you now have your most voracious and bellicose of clients calling you and aggressively inquiring as to why they have not received their refund yet. The IRS is growing increasingly more ambiguous as to the return time of the refunds rolling in, and this is leaving you at a loss for words as to how to articulate this to your clients. This year there have been more delays than ever it seems. Which in turn means more chaos than ever. Which consequently means you are more stressed than ever. Lets take a look at a few methods that can help you push through and survive the stress of tax season.
Take frequent daily walks
One of the biggest things that potentiates stress is when you are sedentary all day long rotting in front of multiple computer screens. This in itself can cause incalculable levels of stress and is completely unnatural, leaving your body confused and confounded as to why you exposing it to such electromagnetic toxins. So even though it may be hard to get out of the office, try and take a daily walk to provide yourself with some level of serenity. Getting some sun can get your pineal gland secreting serotonin, which in turn will make you feel good and give you reason and hope for finishing the day. Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients that assists in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and it will be essential if you want to finish tax season not hating your life.
Take Fish Oil
Combining the world of tax preparation with the world of nutrition is without a doubt an odd pairing. There is a method to the madness though. It is very difficult to eat a healthy diet or a work out regimen while withstanding the demands and rigors of tax season. Your mind is destined to be pretty clouded by the second month, no doubt cluttered with all the issues eating away at your well being. You will barely have time to breath let alone work out and eat right. One of the biggest recommendations we can offer you at pronto education is to get on an omega fat regimen. Fish Oil has been consistently proven to sharpen your mind, stabilize your mood, and strengthen your focus and ability to concentrate. The number one effect fish oil will have on tax preparer is it will help you focus while multitasking. Anything that can help you think more clearly in this profession is the tax man’s panacea. Tax preparation is all about limiting your mistakes. When your faults are minimized, your stress will concomitantly lower along with it, and it will make it a much smoother second half of tax season.
Get plenty of rest
Tax season is not the time to burn the candle at both ends and start partying all night because you have a little cheese lining your pockets. You should in fact do the diametric opposite. Get as much rest as you can during tax season. Now we at pronto education know how hard of an accomplishment this can be when your working 14 hour days and pushing yourself to the limit. The important part is that when you get home from these long days try and eat a good healthy meal and get a solid 8 to 9 hours of sleep in if you can. Do not go home and watch American Idol for 5 hours until midnight then try and revive yourself out of bed at six. This will not leave you in any kind of shape to be a successful tax preparer.
To make it through tax season you have to be diligent about what you put in your body, as well as the amount of rest your getting, and be careful of the activities you are involved in outside the office. If you want to finish the second half of the season strong, be sure to drink tons of water and use that money your making to eat good, natural meals with tons of nutrients. This will give you the energy you need to finish the grind. Looking to keep up with the latest tax material and need up to the minute updates on the tax code, go to prontotaxclass.com and click on the blog section.